Newly Natural for the New Year
January is a great time to switch up your look. As we take stock of what we want for the forthcoming year, it makes for a great time to embrace healthy beauty choices and invest in quality natural ingredients that will help us to feel as good as we look. Around 60% of what we put onto our body is absorbed into our bloodstream therefore it's important to carefully select our cosmetic products.
The New Year is not the only time to make a change but as the new year brings motivation, keep reading if you’ve decided to stop relaxing or straightening your hair with heat.
You can return to your roots by:
1. Doing the Big Chop
The big chip involves summoning the courage to cut off all relaxed/heat damaged hair off and leaving only your new growth, which is natural hair. This effectively takes your natural hair journey from transitioning to officially 100% natural in a matter of minutes.
As you grow your hair out be sure to enjoy every stage. You will be starting with a TWA (teeny weeny afro), so be playful and accessorise with earrings, hair bands or opt for getting your afro shaped.
If you've just big chopped then here are 5 Things You Need to Know About Natural Hair.
If you want to retain length, you can opt to grow out your natural hair whilst gradually cutting off your relaxed/heat damaged hair. During your transition it's important to handle your hair with extreme care as it is very fragile — especially at the point where the natural and relaxed parts meet.
Moving from straight hair to textured tresses can be a shock to the system. As such, protective styling with a wig or braided/twisted extensions that match your newly-sprung natural hair texture is a great way to get used to your natural hair.
3. Choosing natural products
As we mentioned earlier, 60% of what we put into our body is absorbed into our bloodstream. That is a staggering percentage, yet often, little care goes into the ingredients used in most cosmetics - especially cosmetics marketed to black women. Natural products are safer to use and can often be more effective when it comes to maintaining natural hair healthy.
Our products are thoughtfully formulated with health and hair hydration in mind. Silicones, parabens, sulphates and artificial fragrances can cause irritation, so we don't use them.
Have you gone natural this year? Let us know in the comments below.